Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show models on the catwalk

Fun at the Breast Cancer Care Fashion show

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Even though it’s been well over 12 hours since I got home from the Breast Cancer Afternoon Show yesterday, I am still buzzing from the excitement of it all! It was, as always, an emotionally charged event, exciting yet often moving… I have taken many photos and will fill you in a little further down the page!

I do apologise that last week’s blog ended rather like Gardener’s Question Time, but thanks so much for your incredibly helpful advice on the potato fruit, and your suggested names for Lucy’s rose. I have made notes, dosed my plants with Epsom Salts, and will sit back and watch my tomatoes ripen in the last of the autumn sunshine :) It was also lovely to hear from some new members of Ali’s Army, and to know that we all continue to support each other through some pretty difficult times – bless you :)

I don’t know about you, but I’m a great list writer, and to be honest if I wasn’t, I doubt I’d ever remember anything that I meant to tell you! The fact that October is going to be sooooo busy, what with the launch of this month’s Jewellery Icon, BCC and my new Seasonal Sound competition, I’m very glad I have written it all down!

So, looking back over the last week, top of the list was mine and Colin’s visit to BBC Radio London to be interviewed in advance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, by the delightful Jo Good. It all went very well, and hopefully highlighted the charity BCC ahead of their Fashion Shows and our fundraiser. I love radio, always have done, but sitting there in the studio reminded of my early days and some of my awful faux pas!

I once introduced a track from Tom Jones’s album ‘Swinging the Lead” but pronounced it ‘lead’ as in dog lead!! Also, reading from my playlist I was very excited to play Rem’s latest single (not R E M)…oh, and INXS wasn’t easy for me either as I heralded their arrival to the world of pop music by calling them ‘Inks’ not In Excess as they were known to their millions of fans! Good job I moved to talk radio eh? :)

Colin and Alison near Nelson's Column

Because we were to be interviewed at Broadcasting House, I went online to see if there were any deals for the theatre or restaurants that evening. I was delighted to find a three fold treat, which included supper at Raymond Blanc’s eatery, The Commitments on stage, and an overnight stay in a fab hotel! It was such a warm evening that we walked by via Trafalgar Square, and I took these photos – good times :)

Nelson's Column

I was back in London on Monday getting my hair cut and coloured at Richard Ward, and am delighted with the result. Feeling chuffed, I headed off down the King’s Road in search of The Dress for QVC’s BCC fundraiser, which I’ll be hosting with Craig on the 13th October (6pm – 9pm). I never find it easy making a decision when I’m shopping alone so thanks very much to all those of you who tweeted in with your views. Here are just some of the choices, but it’s a secret as to which one I’ll be wearing on the night – you’ll just have to tune in to see! :)

BCC dresses

Are you watching the Great British Bake off by any chance? I think it’s a corking show, and am always quietly smug as I also own a Kitchen Aid :) Not that I could ever imagine creating such remarkable pastries as the incredibly talented contestants have presented to us over the weeks. Comedy value a plenty from Mel and Sue, but having shared my own mispronunciations with you, I did have to chuckle over the many and varied ways the word Baklava was pronounced… Best of all though is the delightful Mary’s description of the ‘Lairs’ (layers) in a cake… :) Here’s to the final!

In fact, talking of pastries and cakes, the fabulous fare we were presented with at the BCC Fashion Show on Wednesday afternoon was right up there with the best of the bakers! I’ve only ever been a guest at the evening Show before, so this was a little different, but the energy, excitement and enthusiasm made the atmosphere electric.

Every one of this year’s 22 models looked amazing, and Hilary Alexander had yet again given each of them a chance to shine :) So many different themes and unbelievable outfits – some of them from the same designer as my wedding dress! I met many delightful ladies, and shared a table with 10 lucky QVC viewers and their friends, who had won tickets.

Deborah and Jean

Here are Deborah and Jean, both wearing the most fabulous lace dresses – I thought Deborah’s was from Lesley Ebbett’s range WithSleeves, but she politely informed me it was Diana Von Furstenberg! The dress I was wearing was a Montique creation from QVC, and as many of the girls on the catwalk were wearing QVC brands, I was thrilled to see the very same dress on one of the models!

Berenice, Penny and Alison Keenan

I also bumped into Berenice and Penny, who were both models last year and were with us at QVC for our show. The TV presenter Kirsty Young was marvellous, and highlighted BCC’s specific campaign this year which focuses on what it’s like to live with the hidden effects of breast cancer – all the things most of us rarely talk about…loss of fertility, of femininity, libido, physical changes, pressure on relationships, and of course confidence.

Eva, a beautiful mother of four young children, spoke with heartbreaking honesty about the changes cancer has made to her life, but how Breast Cancer Care have supported her and her family. Having listened and watched, shared and cried, I am even more determined to make QVC’s BCC Fundraiser on the 13th the biggest and best we have ever presented, so PLEASE do join us if you possibly can – we can’t do it without you…

On that note, I have been struggling to know when to tell you this next piece of news, but as Janet asked me about Liz last week, it falls to me to tell you that she lost her battle to cancer at the end of July.  I honestly didn’t feel it was my news to share at that time, but am hoping that her family and friends won’t be upset by me letting you know now.

I found the last comment she posted in May, and she wrote as she always has done, with energy, positivity generosity and humour, she even praised me for my Three Peaks Challenge. If I am lucky enough to have half her courage, tenacity and spirit, then my life will be blessed.  I know how much she meant to all of us in The Army, and as one of the originals I feel her spirit is very much what this supportive network is based on.

With that in mind, please do keep in mind the BCC show, which is now only 11 days away. On to happier news and, what with it being the start of a new month, I am delighted to present a brand new Jewellery Icon for October, which features a magnificent and stunning stone – Itinga Topaz – and possibly one of the most unusual settings I have seen in quite some time – see what you think…

It is lovely isn’t it? A real showstopper of a ring I think, and if you’d like beautiful nails to complement the ring, then you’ll want to take part in my new Seasonal Sound competition, where you could win this incredible Glitter Collection of nail colours and effects from Leighton Denny. He’s even included his award winning crystal nail file!

Leighton Denny prize set

Over £80 of value and all I need you to do is to listen very carefully to the sound I have recorded and comment on this post with what you think the sound you’re hearing is (please remember to include an email address so I can get in touch if you’re the lucky winner!)…. Remember the clue is in the question… It’s seasonal, and is NOT something you would be able to to hear at any other time of the year. Think Autumn! Leaves, bonfires, halloween, that kind of thing – I can’t wait to read your suggestions – make them as random as you like, makes it even more fun! See the full terms and conditions.

Alison Keenan and Allen Leech from Downton AbbeyWell, I think that’s all I have space for this week – oh except for this one photograph…I know, I know, how lucky can a girl get! I bumped into the delightful Allen Leech who, of course, plays Tom (one-time chauffeur who married into the family) one of the lead characters in Downton Abbey!!! Such a charming man, and made what had been a monumental day, perfect :)

Have a fabulous weekend, do keep in touch, and as I’m off for a couple of days now, I can keep a close eye on those competition entries :)

With Love Ali xx

313 Comments

  1. Julie October 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    A lovely blog as usual especially as not all of it was good news. As I’ve mentioned before I can’t believe how quickly “these October’s” come. I’m sure it will be a great night and loads of money raised for a great cause.
    You made me laugh earlier this week when you were putting soup in dishes-I thought at one point you were trying to feed the 5000!!
    I couldn’t enter the competition as I couldn’t hear anything. I don’t suppose it helps as after a visit to the Dr this week I have to have a hearing test-will this ever end??
    Hope everything went well with the Oncologist this week, please keep me informed.
    Had the girls two days this week which was a delight even if Lily is getting cheeky after starting school!! Isla was fine but after she left me was violently sick(no bug I hope!!!!)
    Please keep in touch and take care as always
    Julie xx The Girls xxxxx

    • James Hunt October 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

      Hi, Alyson, Conkers! Falling.

  2. Beryl Anderson October 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Alyson, Conkers! Falling.

  3. Beryl Anderson October 3, 2014 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Alyson, Conkers Falling.

  4. Sue Radford October 4, 2014 at 12:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    I was so sad to hear of Liz’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to all her family and friends – she was a very special lady.

    The dresses you’ve chosen for the BCC are all lovely, but I particularly like the green one as it’s such a stunning colour and suits your colouring so well!

    Ali, I think the sound may be seeds popping.

    Good luck with the fundraising on the 13th!

    Best wishes to everyone, especially Alpa, Una and Debs.

    Love from Sue Radford xx

  5. linda dunn October 4, 2014 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I think it is conkers falling to the ground.xx

  6. juliet McArdle October 4, 2014 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Bobbing for apples and eating one

  7. asiya October 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    candlewax dripping

  8. Rhona Fenton October 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I think you missed my last reply to you on the other page I was explaining how I have not been in touch lately sorry! once again what an amazing blog and before I carry on can I just add that I was sorry to hear the news about Liz and my thoughts are with her family at this sad time! As I said on my last reply I will be with you all on this very important event which is not to be missed as the goal is to raise as much money as possible and I never miss it! love the dress choice above I won’t say which one I think but I will let you know if I was right, but you know it wouldn’t matter which one you go for as you look amazing in them all as you always do:) one of your other ladies asked you about your Lucy so as you can imagine I wait to read your reply on that :) look forward to seeing you on the 13th now any chance we can have a repeat off Lulu? I will never let you forget that one, well that’s what you get for being so good at it ha ha! have a lovely weekend love to you all Rhona xx

  9. Rhona Fenton October 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I forgot to add my answer, oh you have got us with this one do you not hear the wheels going round in colin and my head ha ha! here goes nothing, think conkers would be to obvious, so to make it interesting I will say A Laburnum tree seed pod bursting open! hope that has given you something random as asked for!!

  10. Wendy Gordon October 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Could it be conkers?

  11. carol Gamble October 5, 2014 at 9:05 am -  Reply

    I think it is conkers.

  12. debbie hutchinson October 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    playing conkers!!!!

  13. Mrs Jackie Evans October 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    Bringing Conkers down from the tree.

  14. Shirley Hood October 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    It sounds to me like a conker falling from a tree.

  15. Jennifer Brammer October 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is a game of Conkers.

  16. Jacqui Hand October 5, 2014 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Hope you are well, I have ordered the Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet and can’t wait for it to arrive.
    Also looking forward to the Breast Awareness Show show next week.
    I contacted you at the start of the year regarding lovely Amica and enquired if there were plans to have a piece of jewellery designed in her memory, you mentioned that Sharron had sketches of a broach that Amica had drawn and I wondered if it has been made to sell at the breast awareness show.
    I’m wearing the lovely “I Hope” tear drop pendent that you designed and will be buying another one this year to give to my Mum as it is such a stylish and classy piece of jewellery and my Mum is definitely a stylish lady.

    I think the seasonal sound is a conker fight or a conker falling from a tree.
    I really hope that you enjoy the show next Monday and looking at the dresses in the photo whichever one you choose you will look stunning.
    Take Care
    Love Jacqui XXX

  17. Teresa October 5, 2014 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali lovely news letter looks like you had a great time on Wednesday what a fab course BCC is and will always support when ever I can.
    I think the sound is conkers falling from the trees.
    Hope I’m right Leighton Denny is my favourite.
    Have a great week.

  18. Yvonne Williams October 5, 2014 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is, somebody playing a game of conkers!

    I am very excited about the month of October and love your dresses ,which ever one you choose for the BCC event you will look amazing. I wish you all best for a extremely successful evening.
    I too have been touched by breast cancer as my beautiful sister Sue was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last November. She has finished her chemotherapy now, but the subject of the side effects such as, hair,eyebrows, lashes and fertility are topics that she spent many an hour, talking, crying and trying to come to terms with. So to highlight this issue is wonderful to help women to cope and feel normal whilst coping day to day with the knowledge that to feel and look good, both inside and out, is a right and every woman should have that.
    Good look again with the forthcoming evening and I wish everyone, who is touched by cancer, well.

  19. Sue Matejtschuk October 6, 2014 at 12:17 am -  Reply

    it’s a squirrel re-discovering the nuts it buried last year!

  20. Penny Howard October 6, 2014 at 12:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, i think the sounds are conkers/chestnuts/acorns falling to the ground.
    Best love Penny xxx

  21. Debbie Manyweathers October 6, 2014 at 8:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I enjoyed reading your blog and It was a great pleasure meeting you at the Fabulous BCC Fashion Show.

    My answer to your Seasonal Sound Cempetition is:-
    A Banger Firework

    Love and Best Wishes, Debbie Manyweathers

  22. Elaine sallis October 6, 2014 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, glad the bcc fashion show went so well. Such an emotional time for all concerned. I was so sorry to hear about Liz her blogs were always so upbeat although you could read between the lines and see how I’ll she was. I would like to pass my condolences on to her family and friends.

    We had a fantastic holiday. If you get the chance to take the train from Oslo to Bergen do. It is the most fantastic trip and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

    What a lovely picture of Lucy in your previous blog. She looks so happy with her new family. I hope all goes well with your scan.

    Love Elaine

  23. Elaine sallis October 6, 2014 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Forgot to say I think the sound is someone playing conkers.

  24. Wendy Rosen October 7, 2014 at 2:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, This is a first for me – commenting on a blog – but how I wish I had known you were at the BCC show. I was one of the models and am still high on the emotion of the day. I suppose I should have followed your blog before now and I may have found out. I first became aware of BCC 3 years ago whilst watching the show during my chemo and saw a beautiful woman in a red evening gown who I think was you. From my occasional dip into the presenter blogs I realised you must have been diagnosed at about the same time as me and I watched you on QVC with interest. I am so pleased you have come through your ordeal and wish you well for the future.

    Love and best wishes

    Wendy

  25. alison keenan October 7, 2014 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Debbie it was an absolute pleasure to meet you too, and your dress has been much admired !! Thanks for your guess – I will be putting all the correct answers into a hat for my editor to pull out the winner next week – Be lucky! Love Ali xx

  26. alison keenan October 7, 2014 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

    Elaine thank you for getting in touch, and for your kind words about Liz.. I think we all felt much the same, and she is very much missed. Onto happier times, and I am very glad to hear that your holiday went so well – I have never been to Oslo or Bergen, but am sorely tempted now! I’m glad you liked the picture of Lucy and the family – I loved our time together, and we will indeed be replicating that this weekend when it’s Lucy’s birthday! 29 – I can remember the day she was born as well as if it were yesterday – and I’ll be making her a birthday cake :) I’ll let you know how the scan goes – will be good to be able to sort this back pain for once and for all. Love Ali xxx

  27. MANDY Beard October 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I think the noise is someone playing conkers.
    love mandy xx

  28. alison keenan October 7, 2014 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Elaine, thanks for your suggestion – all correct answers will go in a draw – or maybe even a drawer!! – and the winner will be announced at the end of next week! exciting :) xxx

  29. alison keenan October 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

    My dear Wendy, I am so sorry that I didn’t get the chance to meet up with you last Wednesday as it was a marvellous occasion, and you ALL did an incredible job on the catwalk. It would have been good to compare notes on the day, and also life generally, but although this is the first time you’ve ever commented here, please don’t make it your last. I was diagnosed three years ago in January, and this coming Monday I will be presenting QVC’s three hour fundraiser from 6pm to 9pm. Please do watch, and get in touch so I can give you a wave. It’s going to be a huge occasion, and no doubt pretty emotional, but great to know that girls like you, and I, have come out the other side and are still cracking on. Take care, and I wish you the best of health, love Ali xx

  30. alison keenan October 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julie, good as always to hear from you, and yes it wasn’t the easiest of blogs to write, but I feel better now you know and are able to pass on your condolences to Liz’s family and friends here. Glad you were watching my kitchen hour – I love my time with the guests and all the great products, but I too was amazed by the amount of soup was in that pretty moderate sized pot! Clearly a lot larger than it looked :) I’m sorry you couldn’t hear anything, and would have suggested turning up the sound on your computer, but it you have to have a hearing test, that may well be the problem! Fingers crossed for you it’s only a temporary glitch. It must have been fun for you to have the girls with you for a couple of days – I am up to Lucy this Saturday for her birthday and the boys will be with her again, so I will enjoy my time with all of them. Colin is away on a boys holiday (aka beer festival) so not able to come, so all the more cake for us! :) Take care and I will let you know the results of the scans as and when. Love Ali xx

  31. alison keenan October 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Sue, and thanks for your competition entry. It’s good to get a whole range of suggestions for the noise, and I will make sure that the all the right answers are put together so that we can draw a winner :) I’m glad you like the dresses – a difficult decision but you will see on the 13th which one I plumped for – glad you’ll be joining us, Love Ali xxx

  32. alison keenan October 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julie, good as always to hear from you, and yes it wasn’t the easiest of blogs to write, but I feel better now you know and are able to pass on your condolences to Liz’s family and friends here. Glad you were watching my kitchen hour – I love my time with the guests and all the great products, but I too was amazed by the amount of soup was in that pretty moderate sized pot! Clearly a lot larger than it looked :) I’m sorry you couldn’t hear anything, and would have suggested turning up the sound on your computer, but it you have to have a hearing test, that may well be the problem! Fingers crossed for you it’s only a temporary glitch. It must have been fun for you to have the girls with you for a couple of days – I am up to Lucy this Saturday for her birthday and the boys will be with her again, so I will enjoy my time with all of them. Colin is away on a boys holiday (aka beer festival) so not able to come, so all the more cake for us! :) Take care and I will let you know the results of the scans as and when. Love Ali xxx

  33. alison keenan October 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Beryl, and thanks for your guess – very autumnal! Be lucky, love Ali xx

  34. alison keenan October 7, 2014 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Yvonne I have to admit to shedding a few tears when reading the heartfelt comment you posted about your ‘beautiful sister’ Sue … It is such long year facing surgery, treatment and the aftermath, but I am so glad that the blog has helped her and I am certain that your love and support will have been paramount to her recovery. As my daughter once said to me, that she thought I was brave to try and claw back a little of what cancer has taken from me.. prophetic words, and exactly as you say, the right to look and feel good is a right every woman should have.. I hope very much that you and your sister will be able to join myself, Craig and a whole host of other familiar faces on the night, so that we can all do our level best to raise the roof and a large sum of money for BCC. Please do keep in touch, and wish Sue well for me, with love, Ali xx

  35. alison keenan October 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Dear Rhona, Great to hear from you, and equally pleased to know that you’ll be with us on Monday – I will be writing a short additional blog with details of what you can expect on the night in preparation – but suffice to say it WILL be the biggest and best yet, and hopefully we’ll raise the largest sum of money too – although over five million pounds is a pretty mighty sum already! Yes, it was very sad to hear of Liz’s passing, but will hopefully make the message for support this year even stronger, and I thank everyone in advance for all that you do to make it such a great event. As far as Lucy is concerned, should I have such spectacular news I would most certainly be sharing it with you here, but nothing to report as yet. Take care and enjoy the week – See you on Monday – oh, and thank you for your random answer to the competition! I will be making the draw next week, love Ali xx

  36. alison keenan October 7, 2014 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jacqui I am so glad that you have written to me again, because off the back of your suggestion, Charlie and I have designed a pendant in memory of Amica and also those other colleagues whom we lost in the second half of the year. Amica’s own design I believe has been created independently, but I very much hope you will like the design that Charlie and I have created. I thought you may also be interested to know that off the back of the success of the I Hope teardrop pendant, I was asked to design something else in that vein, and I am thrilled to say that on the 13th I will be presenting you with a beautiful sold silver I Hope ring which I am thrilled with. I hope this will be something you may feel you’d like to buy for yourself or your mum. So glad that you will be joining us on the 13th, and please do call in or text re the memory pendant too. With love, Ali xx

  37. Maureen Davis October 7, 2014 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is the spit of a log fire

  38. Alpa October 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,

    I’m very sad to hear of Liz’s passing. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. She will be very much missed by Ali’s Army.

    Thank you for sharing the BCC fashion show with us. The dresses you tried on are beautiful and you will look stunning in whichever you choose. The gold dress with your colouring is very reminiscent of the Dior ad :) Look forward to watching and supporting the BCC show next week. So glad that you are presenting it :) I hope all goes well with your scans. Back pain is no fun at all :(

    My guess for your seasonal sound competition is roasting chestnuts.

    Love to Una and Meli, Debz, Jilly, Sue, Elaine, Janet and all in Ali’s Army x

    Happy Birthday to Lucy for this weekend x

    Take care,
    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

  39. Barbara Corbett October 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I not been in touch for awhile . Its good to hear you have a set a date for your wedding it will it will be ajoy for all your family . I go for my last but one check up in November fingers crossed as usual . I will be joining you on the13 love Barbara xx

  40. Louise reading October 7, 2014 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    When I listen to this recording I’m thinking of a really windy autumns day :) it sounds like branches breaking and falling off a tree

  41. Tina S. October 7, 2014 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What an amazing night you must have had with the Breast Cancer Care Show.It is no wonder you were shattered. It must be not only physically draining but mentally as well. Such an emotional night for you will certainly take it out of you. You looked stunning in the dresses. I could not choose between the gold one or that stunning teal coloured dress.
    I agree with the previous suggestion of having a piece of jewellery designed in memory of Amica. It could also be in memory of a loved one who has also been lost through breast cancer. As in my case, in memory of my mother who I lost through Breast cancer when I was 12. She has been particularly in my thought of late as today was my birthday. My husband and I went out for lunch and then to our favourite seaside place (Porthcawl) where I spent many a happy day as a child. It is a very special place for me especially on days like today.
    The photo’s you took around London reminded me of our last trip to London. A few years back my husband and I went to the Chelsea Flower Show. We walked around for some hours and as there were not many places to sit we ended up going across to the near by park the name of which now escapes me. We then decided to try and find Q.V.C. Studios. We did indeed find them and took some photo’s in the front area. I wish now that we had tried to see if we could have gone inside but we did not know the policy about visitors. They may have made an exception perhaps as were all the way from Wales? We will never know now. Hopefully we will get up to London again in the not to distant future.
    Well it’s getting late so I will bid you nos da!
    Best wishes, Tina (S.Wales on a very blustery night!!)

  42. Alison Jones October 8, 2014 at 4:49 am -  Reply

    Enjoyed reading the blog, it definitely sounds like a leisurely conker match

  43. Marion Madden October 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    A conker match

  44. Maggie Nickle October 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Hiya! I think it is conker playing – lol!
    Fingers crossed – fingers would look better with the prize!!!
    Thanks

  45. Janet Jones October 9, 2014 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I think the answer to your sound quiz is conkers knocking against each other. I will keep my fingers crossed as my son’s girlfriend loves anything to do with nails.So glad you enjoyed the BCC Fashion Show. I think for BCC fundraiser you will choose the purple dress although you look fab in all of them. I won’t be here to watch the show , but I am looking foward to seeing the I Hope ring as I already have the necklace. I too like you am I great list writer I have them all over the place but it makes sure I get things done!! I have done something to my neck, I think I have done too much gardening as it is making my balance a bit off, I will give it a few days and if no improvement I will make an appt to see my Dr.! Cancer Research is doing Stand Up To Cancer Fri 17th so I will be helping them out with that. This week in the shop I have tried to do a window picking up on the colours for SUTC, no mean feat as in a charity shop you only get one of anything and we didn’t have much in orange or red so I am hoping that nobody buys my display from the window as it needs to last another week!! Enjoy your days off Ali, I did reply to your previous blog regarding Liz.
    Take care Ali . speak soon love Janet xx

  46. zoe October 9, 2014 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    I think a brolly popping up or fireworks, or conkers!

  47. Lucy Winter October 10, 2014 at 1:45 am -  Reply

    I think the sound comes from stepping onto fallen broken conkers during Autumn.

  48. CAROLINE PRITCHARD October 10, 2014 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling. All the best xx

  49. moota1514@gmail.com October 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    hi :Conkers Falling

  50. Avvie Cunnington October 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Sounds to me like Conkers falling! Yes it’s that time of year :)

  51. tracy nixon October 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  52. toni quandt October 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali, Conkers falling!

  53. lorna kennedy October 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    i think it was conkers falling of a tree x

  54. Sallyanne Gooch October 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  55. Charley Foulds October 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, conkers falling!

  56. lisa knights October 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely prize! I think it’s the sound of conkers falling on the ground :)

  57. D INGRAM October 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling and hitting ground

  58. Emily October 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    Conkers!! I love hunting for them admist the leaves, hearing them fall from the trees and then polishing them up, deffo need to play a few games of conkers this year!

  59. verity October 10, 2014 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  60. Leanne Easdown October 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  61. Julie Feathers October 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alyson, Conkers Falling

  62. Angie Allen October 10, 2014 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  63. Caroline Grant October 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Alyson, I think it’s the sound of Conkers falling from the trees

  64. nadine October 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  65. leanne weir October 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Alyson, Conkers Falling.

  66. Sally Lea October 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    The sound is of conkers falling.

  67. robyn lamport October 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s conkers falling :)

  68. Angela Walker October 10, 2014 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  69. Amy Halliday October 10, 2014 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  70. NickyB October 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  71. Samantha Lea October 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling :)

  72. Stacy October 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  73. sharon mead October 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  74. Suzanne Cooke October 10, 2014 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling off the trees.

  75. Ane S October 10, 2014 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  76. jason wills October 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  77. patricia martin October 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  78. Jennifer Gilbert October 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  79. skye October 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling from a tree

  80. Katherine Adams October 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  81. Claire Tucker October 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  82. Teresa Lee October 10, 2014 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like conkers Falling….Thanks

  83. John Tingay October 10, 2014 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like my Dad cutting his toenails – and yes – only in Autumn :(

  84. katie unthank October 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling x

  85. Emma Nixon October 10, 2014 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s CONKERS

  86. Lisa T. October 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  87. susan.masterson October 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  88. Karen Watson October 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  89. liz clarke October 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    is it conkers falling?

  90. Claire Nutman October 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    I think it is conkers.

  91. karen cronin October 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  92. Michelle October 10, 2014 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Game of conkers.

  93. Ann October 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  94. Rachel Mccraith October 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling ?

  95. Alison October 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  96. Claire Blaney October 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  97. Frances Drewett October 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Conkers Falling

  98. sindy October 10, 2014 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  99. thompsonanne October 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  100. victoria Stevens October 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling to the ground :-)

  101. Rebecca Hawkins October 10, 2014 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  102. Kelly L October 10, 2014 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  103. julie booth October 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    I believe it is conkers falling

  104. Lucy W October 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    The sound is conkers falling… :)

  105. Tracy Newton October 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  106. Kelly glen October 10, 2014 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Confers falling

  107. Christina Field October 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  108. winnie October 10, 2014 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  109. Eleanor Wigmore October 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling – my second favourite Autumn sound after leaves scrunching!

  110. paul cooper October 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  111. Carol Greenfield October 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling Is what I would think.

  112. chey October 10, 2014 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  113. Danuta Myszor October 10, 2014 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  114. Debra Evans October 10, 2014 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Acorns falling.

  115. Fiona Martin October 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    A game of conkers

  116. Edna Maver October 11, 2014 at 1:01 am -  Reply

    My answer is conkers falling

  117. Harry Baker-Farmer October 11, 2014 at 3:22 am -  Reply

    Game of Conkers

  118. mai October 11, 2014 at 4:09 am -  Reply

    conkers falling

  119. Jen Schofield October 11, 2014 at 7:07 am -  Reply

    Conkers hitting together!

  120. Ges Southwood October 11, 2014 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  121. jadescobbie@hotmail.com October 11, 2014 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, great blog post! I think the answer is conkers falling x

  122. Jemma Taylor October 11, 2014 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  123. IRENE BOLTON October 11, 2014 at 9:29 am -  Reply

    I think it’s Conkers Falling to the ground.

  124. Brigitte Leprince October 11, 2014 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Chestnuts falling

  125. Rosemarie Dean October 11, 2014 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    Chest nuts falling

  126. Isabelle Smith October 11, 2014 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    conkers fallin

  127. Lorraine Johnson October 11, 2014 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  128. Cheryll H October 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Sounds a lot like playing conkers :)

  129. PAMELA HUTCHINSON October 11, 2014 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  130. Rebecca I October 11, 2014 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    The conkers falling

  131. Donna Coleman October 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a game of conkers to me!

  132. Vicky S October 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  133. Lorraine Tinsley October 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    A conker falling?

  134. Heather Harrison October 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi

    Good luck on Monday evening!
    Is the sound someone chopping logs?

  135. Tom Baines October 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  136. Holly Smith October 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  137. Melanie Clarke October 11, 2014 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi all I think it’s defiantly conkers one hit me on the head the other day while walking the dog ! :)

  138. Julie Henderson October 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  139. Cathy October 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    I think it is a conker hitting anther conker during a game of conkers. Ali, you are amazing and wonderful for helping so many people going through difficult times when you have had so much to contend with yourslef. You are a true inspiration to so many people. Thank you so much for being there for everyone. Take care.

  140. Tisha Mitchell-Goodson October 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling :-).

  141. Ritakd October 11, 2014 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  142. helen tovell October 11, 2014 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    answer) Conkers Falling

  143. jacqui fleming October 11, 2014 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling!

  144. Meeta October 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    I think it sounds like people playing conkers outdoors.

  145. Jane Brown October 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    Think it’s conkers falling from the tree, or even chestnuts. I went for a walk in the woods with my friend the other day and we needed a hard hat as the chestnuts were coming down thick and fast and ouch, they hurt when they got you on the head.

  146. Val Swift October 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Conkers fAlling

  147. Bryony October 11, 2014 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    conkers fall

  148. Di Harwood October 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    It’s the sound of conkers from a tree

  149. Vid Ram October 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  150. Farhana October 11, 2014 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    I hear conkers falling :)

  151. Ann October 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling x

  152. elaine robinson October 11, 2014 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Alyson, Conkers Falling.

  153. Celia West October 12, 2014 at 8:23 am -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  154. Em G October 12, 2014 at 8:29 am -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  155. annette t October 12, 2014 at 8:54 am -  Reply

    conkers falling

  156. Maureen Quinnell October 12, 2014 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    conkers falling from trees

  157. Catherine Amaro October 12, 2014 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  158. Helen G October 12, 2014 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  159. Karen Mitchell October 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Conkers Falling

  160. Carol.S October 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    Cookers falling

  161. Carole Paton October 12, 2014 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  162. Joan October 12, 2014 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Cookers falling

  163. Chris Northrop October 12, 2014 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    think it’s conkers falling

  164. Gail S October 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  165. Stacey Haines October 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    I think its conkers falling from the tree :)

  166. Kate R. October 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  167. FionaLynne Edwards October 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison – conkers falling.

  168. suzanne silverwood October 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Well sounds like you are having a conker fight on your own or dropping them.

  169. Lee Davis October 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling!

  170. Sarah Adams October 12, 2014 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  171. ELISABETH BARNWELL October 12, 2014 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling loads this year

  172. Bev Cordle October 12, 2014 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  173. maureen findley October 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  174. rebecca foster October 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  175. Jane French October 12, 2014 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    Conkers. Good Luck tomorrow!

  176. Mary higgins October 12, 2014 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling from a tree

  177. Mark Palmer October 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  178. Julie October 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Playing a game of conkers

  179. Kay Adams October 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling.

  180. Lynda Sanderson October 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  181. Elaine P October 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi it sounds like falling conkers.

  182. Lesley Bain October 13, 2014 at 2:44 am -  Reply

    I too think it is the sound of falling conkers :) x

  183. claire fawkner October 13, 2014 at 6:42 am -  Reply

    conkers falling

  184. Katherine Coldicott October 13, 2014 at 9:53 am -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  185. Gemma Snell October 13, 2014 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    The sound of falling conkers

  186. Jacqui Hand October 13, 2014 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali , I am so thrilled that you and Charlie listened to my suggestion and have designed a pendant in memory of Amica and other colleagues that you have sadly lost. I can’t wait to see it and to order it as it means so much to me that I have had an input although tiny and that these special people are remembered for their strength and courage and to have a piece of jewellery that represents this and that their memory will live on and that the Pendant will raise money for this important Charity that help so many people in their quest to beat cancer.
    I have already ordered the lovely “I HOPE” ring to go with my pendent from last year.
    If possible could you let me know the item number for the pendent as I know how quickly these items sell and would hate to miss out.
    I’m really looking forward to the show tonight.
    I hope that you and Craig and the rest of the team have an enjoyable and successful show.
    Take Care Ali and thank you again for acting on my suggestion it really does mean so much to me. XXXXXX

  187. Jacqui Hand October 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali , I am so thrilled that you and Charlie listened to my suggestion and have designed a pendant in memory of Amica and other colleagues that you have sadly lost. I can’t wait to see it and to order it as it means so much to me that I have had an input although tiny and that these special people are remembered for their strength and courage and to have a piece of jewellery that represents this,and their memory will live on, and that the Pendant will raise money for this important Charity that help so many people in their quest to beat cancer.
    I have already ordered the lovely “I HOPE” ring to go with my pendent from last year.
    If possible could you let me know the item number for the pendant as I know how quickly these items sell and would hate to miss out.
    I’m really looking forward to the show tonight I hope that you and Craig and the rest of the team have a great night and that it’s a massive success as always.
    Take Care and thank you again for acting on my suggestion it really does mean so much to me Love Jacqui Hand XXXXXX
    PS It would really make my night if you could mention my name when showing the Sunflower pendant.

  188. Jane M October 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling.

  189. sophie payne October 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  190. Tracey Woods October 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  191. Rachael monkton October 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  192. Kristy Brown October 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    I am so sorry to hear that Liz has lost her battle and gained her angel wings. My sympathy to all her family and friends.

    I think it sounds like conkers falling/knocking together.

  193. Tammy Tudor October 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  194. Rebecca Jackson-Makin October 13, 2014 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    its Conkers Falling

  195. sarah birkett October 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  196. Lou Gourley October 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  197. Keshia Esgate October 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  198. Adele Hill October 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  199. Lucy Harris October 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Perhaps it is conkers falling onto the ground? Definitely very autumnal.

  200. Clair Dukes October 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    It’s Conkers Falling!

  201. michelle knight October 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  202. Naomi Hutchins October 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    I think it is the sound of falling Horse chestnuts aka Conkers.

  203. Jo Carroll October 14, 2014 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    It’s that ‘Old Chesnut’ of falling CONKERS ;)

  204. Michelle Ptak October 14, 2014 at 11:45 am -  Reply

    Conkers falling … great past time with the boys x

  205. Pat Griggs October 14, 2014 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I suppose you could say I’m a silent member of Ali’s army as even though I read your blog religiously this is the first time I have ever replied to any blog, but after watching the show last night and hearing your news I just felt I had to let you know I’m thinking of you and fingers crossed it will be good news.

  206. Sharon Fordham October 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  207. Lauren McDonald October 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  208. Karen R October 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s conkers :)

  209. Diana October 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  210. Victoria Cunniff October 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  211. Rachael Marsden October 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  212. Serena Green October 14, 2014 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  213. Cathryn Bowen October 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Alyson, Conkers! Falling.

  214. cathyj October 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Conkers! Falling.

  215. Angela Sandhu October 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  216. kirstdibby@gmail.com October 14, 2014 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  217. Elizabeth Webster October 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali I am a great admirer of yours and this will be the first time I have left a comment. I felt compelled after I heard your news last night on QVC at the Breast Cancer Care night. I am praying and hoping it will be good news for you. You have been through so much and an example to others who cope with this horrible disease. God bless x

  218. Claire Conniff October 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling?

  219. hayley f October 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  220. kate andrews October 14, 2014 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  221. Julie Quarterman October 14, 2014 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi, The answer is Conkers falling. good luck all.

  222. Sara Bagley October 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hello! Lovely blog, very glad to have found it. Those dresses are truly beautiful.

    I think the sound is of conkers, most likely falling to the ground or at the very least, hitting each other!

    Sara x

  223. Emily Fraser October 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling to the ground

  224. Kim W October 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling one at a time onto the ground. Oh the memories of those days wondering whether to bake them to make them harder or leave them! So glad Health and Safety rules weren’t around then, we’d have missed so much fun!

  225. Christina M October 14, 2014 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    The sound of conkers.

  226. Georgie Aronin October 14, 2014 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  227. jennie jackson October 14, 2014 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  228. Kathleen October 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Hello Allie, I wanted to wish you all the luck in the world. It is
    obvious from watching you on television that you are a very
    warm and lovely lady. On Breast Cancer Care night you
    sparkled and shone like a star, Best wishes to you.

  229. Dawn Costen October 14, 2014 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    I think it is someone playing a game of conkers

  230. Ellie M October 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s the sound of conkers falling.
    Your dresses are gorgeous!

  231. nisha koya October 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  232. Tracey Thompson October 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    conkers falling

  233. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    My dear Julie, I am so sorry that it’s only now I have found your comment, but am thankful to Jilly and many other members of The Army for writing to you already.. I do indeed remember you writing to me as I said your story gave me hope for my future. I do not believe for one moment that the return of your cancer was because of something you did.. none of us are singled out, I truly believe it is just some of us will have to cope, and others not. And you are coping, you have got through another bout of treatment, and I am sending you all the love for this Friday. I would be lying if I said I know how you must be feeling, because you are living with what I fear the most, but you are living…. Please try to stay strong, keep in touch with all of us, try to believe in the medical professionals who have given you your best chance with the chemo, and take each day at a time. Frustration and anger are feelings that tire you and make you feel hollow… Hold onto hope, as I do, because where there is life there is always hope. Thinking of you Julie, love Ali xx

  234. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Teresa, and thanks for your suggestion. I did indeed have a great time last week, as I also did last night, and i hope very much you were able to watch the show and be a part of it :) Glad you like Leighton and his great products – I will make sure all correct answers are part of the draw and we should have a winner by the end of the week! Love Ali xx

  235. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Well, it looks as though a great many of you are thinking along the same lines, so many thanks indeed to the following for your guesses! Beryl Anderson, Linda Dunn, Juliet McCardle, Asiya, Wendy Gordon, Carol Gamble, Debbie Hutchinson, Jackie Evans, Shirley Hood, Jennifer Brammer, Sue Matejtschuk and Penny Howard! All correct answers will go into the draw and we’ll have a winner by Friday, love Ali x

  236. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alpa, I too was very sorry to hear of Liz’s passing, and yes she is already very much missed by us all. I do hope you were able to join myself, Craig, Miceal, Charlie, Will and everyone else for the Show last night, and thank you for your kind wishes. I will be in touch. Thanks too for your guess, love Ali xx

  237. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Barbara, and yes it’s exciting that we’ve managed to make the date – doesn’t seem too far away really. I hope you enjoyed the show last night, and were able to buy some lovely things :) Love Ali xx

  238. Victoria N October 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling to the ground

  239. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Tina, and I do hope you enjoyed your birthday last Tuesday? I was sorry to know that you had lost your mum to breast cancer when you were only 12…how terribly sad, and very hard for you all.. I’m glad though to read that you have some so many good memories and clearly a caring husband who makes you happy. What a shame you didn’t take the plunge and pop in to see us all before we left Battersea.. Come to Chiswick next time you’re in London and perhaps we could meet for a coffee :) Enjoy the rest of the week, love Ali xx

  240. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    More answers and therefore more thanks to: Mandy, Maureen Davis, James Hunt, Alison Jones, Marion Madden, Maggie Nickel, Zoe, Lucy, Caroline, Moota, Avvie Cunnington, Tracy Nixon, Toni Quandt, Lorna Kennedy, Sallyanne Gooch, Charley Foulds and Lisa Knights. We’ll be picking a winner this Friday! Love Ali xx

  241. Hannah Cummings October 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  242. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Janet, and I hope that your visit to the doctor has helped to sort your neck out. I’m sorry I didn’t choose your pick when it came to the dresses, but the material in the purple one was a tad scratchy, and I loved the teal colour :) Were you able to get the I Hope ring before it sold out? I’ll be checking in on the new blog once i’ve been through the answers here! And thanks for your entry – it would be lovely if you won and your son’s girlfriend could share the products with you :) Love Ali xx

  243. tina lees October 14, 2014 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    hi ali sorry not been in contact lately! u looked amazing last night so sorry to hear about your news i will be praying for u that everything is ok! u have been such an insperation to me. i think u have been through enough take care godbless.xxxxx

  244. kerry thwaite October 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Alyson, Conkers Falling.

  245. tina lees October 14, 2014 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    sorry forgot my answer- conkers falling from tree.xx

  246. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Great to see so many entries – and a little bit more variety this time! Thanks to D Ingram, Emily, Verity, Leanne Easdown, Julie Feathers, Caroline Grant, Nadine, Sally Lea, Leanne Weir, Robyn Lamport, Angela Walker, Amy Halliday, NickyB, Samantha Lea, Stacy, Sharon Mead, Suzanne Cooke and Anne S. Have a great week and check here on Friday to find the winner! Love Ali xx

  247. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Cathy, thank you so much for your kind words, and taking the time out to write here on the blog. Thanks also for your guess – be lucky! Hope you keep in touch, love Ali xx

  248. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    Well, so many names and so many great guesses! My thanks to Jason Wills, Patricia Martin, Jennifer Gilbert, Skye, Katherine Adams, Claire Tucker, Teresa lee, John Tingay, Katie Unthank, Emma Nixon, Lisa T, Susan Masterson, Karen Watson, Liz Clarke, Claire Nutman, Karen Cronin, Michelle, Anne, Rachel Mccraith, Alison Claire Blaney and Frances Drewett. All correct answers will be gathered together and a winner picked by Friday! Love Ali xx

  249. Lindy Hine October 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling from the tree

  250. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jacqui! Delighted that you picked up on my blog, and have written back to me. If you were watching the show last night, you will know that the pendant sold out in record time. I think our jewellery team did a marvellous job with the final design, and Charlie and I were honoured to be a part of the process… I think it was a very fitting tribute to all those we have lost and miss, and thank you so much for having suggested it to me all that time ago. I hope that you are well, and thanks for buying the ring too – fingers crossed you got the pendant! With love to you, Ali xx

  251. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pat, I am very pleased that you ‘broke your silence’ and have taken the time to write here on the blog. That is very kind of you to think of me, and I promise I will let you know the results. It is an MRI, but I have to go into the tunnel face down which I hate! At least it’s not as long as some of the scans I’ve had, and I’m pretty sure it will be OK :) Love Ali x

  252. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Dear Elizabeth, so good of you to write to me here, and for the first time! Even kinder of you to have watched and taken part in our Show last night, and to be wishing me well. I hope that all is good with you and that you will keep in touch here. With Love, Ali xx

  253. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

    I thought I’d take a little more time to thank those of you who have posted guesses for the competition – I must then check out the comments on my new blog! Thanks to Sindy, ThompsonAnne, Victoria Stevens, Rebecca Hawkins, Kelly L, Julie Booth, Lucy W, Tracy Newon, Kelly Glen, Chiristina Field, Winnie, Eleanor Wigmore, Paul Cooper, Carol Greenfield, Chey, Danuta Myszor, Debra Evans and Fiona Martin. All correct answers will be gathered together and a winner will be drawn this Friday! Many thanks, love Ali xx

  254. Angela Wilcox October 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    I think it is Conkers Falling

  255. conrad edwards October 14, 2014 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Like in The Great Escape, it’s a pesky squirrel in solitary confinement bouncing a conker against the wall

  256. RACHAEL JONES October 14, 2014 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Conkers ! conkers falling , collecting playing :)

  257. Rachel B October 14, 2014 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    It’s conkers falling

  258. Claire Long October 14, 2014 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling.

  259. Marie October 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Great breast cancer night really enjoyed it.

    Is the answer a fire cracker.

  260. laura hadland October 14, 2014 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    Conkers! I reckon…

  261. phil temple October 14, 2014 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  262. Marie October 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    I think it someone walking on twigs or stick as they break.

  263. Tracy Wells October 14, 2014 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    A conker hitting the pavement?

  264. eharris12345@outlook.com October 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  265. hayleymulgrove.hm@googlemail.com October 14, 2014 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  266. Ellen Stafford October 15, 2014 at 12:25 am -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  267. Beth October 15, 2014 at 12:44 am -  Reply

    Answer..conkers falling

  268. Amanda Rose October 15, 2014 at 1:47 am -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  269. Sue Harrison October 15, 2014 at 1:50 am -  Reply

    Playing conkers

  270. Louise Middleton October 15, 2014 at 1:54 am -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  271. Mr James Holyland October 15, 2014 at 2:15 am -  Reply

    CONKERS FALLING

  272. Lynn Hind October 15, 2014 at 2:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali i havent posted to you for a while…..but ive kept up with you am so pleased you have set a date for your wedding, but so sorry that you have this all hanging over your head i hope and pray that its all innocent and no relapse your a true inspiration along with all the other brave warriors who battle so hard, plase please keep faith and never ever lose that wonderful spirit, you will be ok im sure of it and the army will be here to share and kep you going …much love lynn xx

  273. Robyn Clarke October 15, 2014 at 3:33 am -  Reply

    Sounds like conkers falling to me.

  274. Linda Hughes October 15, 2014 at 6:21 am -  Reply

    conkers falling

  275. TracyB October 15, 2014 at 6:26 am -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  276. Jacqueline Fawcett October 15, 2014 at 6:47 am -  Reply

    Conkers Falling :)

  277. jane schofield October 15, 2014 at 7:16 am -  Reply

    CONKERS FALLING :D

  278. Siobhan Lucy October 15, 2014 at 7:18 am -  Reply

    Hello :) confers falling!

  279. Sarah Lewis October 15, 2014 at 7:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali I think it’s conkers falling.

  280. Cheryl Lovell October 15, 2014 at 8:17 am -  Reply

    Conkers falling!

  281. Gary Topley October 15, 2014 at 9:48 am -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  282. katie coup October 15, 2014 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  283. Alison clark October 15, 2014 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    Hi I believe it’s conkers falling .

  284. catherine plant October 15, 2014 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Answer: Conkers Falling

  285. C Thomas October 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling!

  286. DENISE WILDEN October 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  287. Lauren Carter October 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling :D

  288. Kim October 15, 2014 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, thought you looked fabulous, as ever, on the BCC show and showed your amazing strength and courage. I am so sorry that things have taken a backward step for the moment, but my thoughts and prayers are with you. Bless you, Ali, you’re a true inspiration. Take care, hugs, Kim x

  289. Lauren Pilkington October 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  290. Emily Knight October 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like conkers falling from the trees to the ground!

  291. Vicki Stapley October 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    I’ve had Breast Cancer twice, it’s an awful disease that doesn’t discriminate :-(

    My answer is Conkers falling.

  292. Caroline James October 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    It’s conkers falling.

  293. Laura W October 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling :)

  294. Katherine Norris October 15, 2014 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    A conkers match! :)

  295. Susan Carruthers October 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  296. Sue Kirk October 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Could the noise be chestnuts bursting as they are being roasted or conkers falling.

  297. Heather Jenkinson October 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    The sound of conkers falling.

  298. Kimberley Howes October 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  299. Alisa Moore October 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  300. caroline hiddleston October 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison.i think it sounds like soft water running. And walking through branches cracking as you walk over them.

  301. Michelle R October 15, 2014 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s conkers falling and hitting the ground. :)

  302. Kirsty Hall October 15, 2014 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling :)

  303. Michaela B October 15, 2014 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  304. Grace Tyler October 15, 2014 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Conkers falling

  305. Mrs Rachel Heap October 15, 2014 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  306. lucy osborne October 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Conkers Falling

  307. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    My dear Lynne, how lovely to hear from you, and thanks so much for your kind words. I do hope that reading between the lines all is OK with you? I will be fine, and to be honest Monday night was such a marvellous boost that I feel very positive about everything. So much to look forward to as you say, and I hope the same is true for you. Take care, love Ali xx

  308. Tricia King October 17, 2014 at 1:57 am -  Reply

    Ali, I haven’t written before but you are a wonderful presenter and your warmth always radiates. I’m so delighted for you about your wedding! But I am very sorry to read here about your problem at the moment and hope so much that all will be well. I am a rare person whose life hasn’t been touched by breast cancer – it hasn’t affected any of my friends or family. But I’ve had my own different health battle, with 7 years of excruciating pain, culminating in major brain surgery last December. The surgery has been successful but I have the same rare pain from another cause now! Luckily pretty well controlled by a superb medication. You are so right to encourage everyone to think positively and lovingly, despite their problems. Good luck! Tricia

  309. Una October 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali.
    Just a very quick one. Haven’t had much time recently to read blogs etc. A lot has happened since I last wrote.
    Was so sorry to hear about Liz, very sad. My love to her family.
    Have just seen your good news Ali, and I’m DELIGHTED for you. That is just THE best news. I know that the waiting for the results is the worst thing ever..
    My love time you and your family Ali. Hope your mum is keeping well.
    All of my Army friends, my love as always to all of you. Debz and Alpa, I hope you’re OK. I may not be on here so often, or even keep up to date with Ali’s blog, but please know that you are in my thoughts.
    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  310. nikki stanescu October 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    it’s conkers

  311. Stephanie brown October 18, 2014 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    Playing a game of conkers

  312. Jayne October 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali is the noise a log fire crackling or firework ??
    Love your new I Hope ring !!

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